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We believe our work speaks for itself. Browse our most recent projects below.

South-South 2013 Annual Report

South-South 2013 Annual Report

The South-South Experience Exchange Facility (South-South Facility) is a multi-donor trust fund that was launched in October 2008. The South-South Facility enables the sharing of development experiences and knowledge among World Bank client countries by funding knowledge exchange activities. The South-South Facility can fund such knowledge exchanges based on demand expressed by the recipient countries and designed with a focus on achieving results. The results are captured in an interactive online knowledge library.

Resilience Dialogue

Resilience Dialogue

he Resilience Dialogue series was launched at the 2011 World Bank Group (WBG)-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings, when major development and humanitarian partners meeting at the World Bank agreed to institutionalize a series of events on the margins of the WBG-IMF Annual and Spring Meetings to monitor progress on the resilience agenda.

The Recovery Framework

The Recovery Framework

Natural disasters often necessitate large and multi-faceted interventions – in some cases even requiring multibillion-dollar recovery and
reconstruction investments. Many country governments confronted with the challenges of designing, planning, and managing such complex
programs do not have relevant, readily available and applicable knowledge tools and capacity.

To bolster the capacity of governments to lead and manage the recovery process, create disaster-resilient communities, and build-back-better, the
World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is working with UNDP and the European Commission (EC) to develop a
practical guide that governments and other partners can use to inform a resilient recovery process. This work is being led by GFDRR’s Sustainable Recovery Facility (SRF) team.

Optima

Optima

Optima is the Inter-American Development Bank‘s transformation program responding to the Bank’s commitment to achieve the objectives of the Agenda for a Better Bank. Optima’s mission to modernize and streamline Bank processes and systems will strengthen Bank responsiveness, enhance employee engagement, mitigate operational risk, and increase organizational efficiency. With a focus on institutionalizing continuous improvement, Optima puts the Bank on a path to a smarter way of working.

Kugler Economics

Kugler Economics

At Kugler Economics they undertake detailed analysis of specific economic topics. Our principals have substantial experience in tailoring products to clients’ needs. When and where appropriate, we draw on our extensive network to complement our in-house expertise. Our focus is on distinct aspects of economic policy making. We work with policy makers, and other stakeholders, as partners in helping emerging market governments enhance growth prospects for poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Our clients’ needs may lie at country, sub-national or municipal levels. We provide high quality analysis and advice. We strengthen our partners’ ability to address strategic challenges and formulate policy agendas by:

· enhancing design of policy and regulatory frameworks

· developing long-term goals through scenario planning

· bridging the knowledge and data gaps for policy makers

· benchmarking against global best practice

CAPRA

CAPRA

CAPRA is a free and modular platform for risk analysis and decision making, which applies probabilistic techniques to hazard and loss assessment. The platform was designed from the start to be modular and extensible. Hazard information is combined with exposure and physical vulnerability data, allowing the user to determine conjoint or cascade risk on an inter-related multi-hazard basis, distinguishing the platform from previous single hazard analyses. The CAPRA suite of software includes hazard mapping1, risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis tools to support pro-active risk management. CAPRA can also be used to design risk-financing strategies.

The Art of Knowledge Exchange

The Art of Knowledge Exchange

The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide For Development Practitionersis a step-by-step guide to designing effective knowledge exchange activities.

Designing and implementing knowledge exchange initiatives can be a complex and time-consuming process. This guide takes the guesswork out of this process by breaking it down into simple steps and providing tools to help you play a more effective role as knowledge connector and learning facilitator.

“This guide focuses on the ‘how to’ of knowledge exchange to help improve the understanding, practice, and results of knowledge exchange initiatives designed and implemented by the World Bank and the development community. It is a user-friendly, hands-on tool for any development practitioner interested in designing results-oriented knowledge exchanges,” says Shobha Kumar, Senior Learning Specialist at the World Bank Institute’s Knowledge Exchange Practice.

An example is the multi-tiered knowledge exchange between Cambodia and China. Through this exchange, the Cambodian delegation: increased its implementation know-how; raised awareness about the multidisciplinary nature of Special Economic Zones (SEZs); and improved consensus about the potential for SEZs as a way of stimulating economic growth and private sector investment.

 

Download the complete guide (PDF 2130 KB)

For more information contact: sskehub@worldbank.org

Sendai Dialogue

Sendai Dialogue

Government ministers from around the world met in Sendai, Japan, October 9 and 10 for the Sendai Dialogue—a special event on managing disaster risk co-hosted by the Government of Japan and the World Bank. Part of the IMF-WBG Annual Meetings program, the Dialogue brought together Annual Meetings delegates, disaster experts and other stakeholders to build a global consensus on the need to better prepare for disasters around the world.

The event’s host city, Sendai, is the largest city in the Tohoku Region along the Pacific coast of Japan, which bore the brunt of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The Sendai Dialogue was an occasion to express solidarity with the people of Japan and a unique opportunity to learn from the Japanese experience with disaster risk management. The event also drew on the experiences of other countries that have faced large-scale disasters.

Early Childhood Initiative

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WASHINGTON, February 22, 2011- One year after the launch of a pioneering initiative to improve the well being of Latin American kids, more than half a million young children have benefited from the Early Childhood Initiative: An Investment for Life, a joint venture of the World Bank and Shakira’s advocacy group ALAS.

In the initiative’s first year, governments in Latin America and the Caribbean have received over $100 million in funding from the World Bank –one third of the initial 3-year pledge of $300 million- to support Early Childhood Development (ECD) policies and programs. These provide nutrition, healthcare and stimulating environments to infants from birth through 6 years of age –a period of development crucial for achieving a child’s full potential.

The project, launched in February of 2010 by World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick, artist and children’s advocate Shakira Mebarak, aims to mobilize all sectors of society towards the implementation of comprehensive, well-articulated, and efficient ECD policies and programs to equalize opportunities for low income children early in life.

World Reconstruction Consference

The World Reconstruction Conference (WRC) was the first large-scale global conference focused on natural disaster recovery and reconstruction. Organized by the World Bank and the United Nations, the Conference was May 10-13, 2011 within the Third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.

World Aids Day Branding

World Aids Day Branding

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What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

What should I do on World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. Find out how much you know by taking our online quiz: Are you HIV aware? Test your knowledge and awareness by taking the quiz and act aware by passing the quiz on and sharing it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today – you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding. Click here to find out the facts.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support.

World AIDS Day is also a great opportunity to raise money for NAT (National AIDS Trust) and show your support for people living with HIV. If you feel inspired to hold an event, bake sale or simply sell red ribbons,click here to get started. If you’d like to see what other events are taking place — click here and find out more.

But what about after World AIDS Day?

Although World AIDS Day is a great opportunity to get the public talking about HIV and fundraise, we need to remember the importance of raising awareness of HIV all year round. That’s why NAT has launched HIVaware— a fun, interactive website which provides all the information everyone should know about HIV. Why not use what you have learnt on World AIDS Day to Act Aware throughout the year and remember, you can fundraise at any time of year too — NAT is always here to give you suggestions and ideas.

BETAH and Associates

BETAH and Associates

BETAH is a certified small business that focuses on projects and partners addressing issues of social equity, sustainable communities, and healthy populations. As a team of diversely talented professionals, we make a difference every day—for our clients, for the citizens they serve, and for the communities in which we live.

At BETAH, we approach our work with passion, creativity, and resolve. Client confidence and satisfaction are the measures of our success. BETAH is comprised of experts from a variety of fields—including communications, marketing, management, event planning, and technology. We unite diverse talents into a shared commitment to excellence.

Services

Our dedicated employees are happy to assist you with know-how and experience in your daily business.

Branding

The impact of a successful brand strategy can be so powerful it can mean the difference success and failure. A well developed brand strategy communicates who you are, makes a solid first impression and gets remembered. Showing your products, events, and campaigns’ strengths and qualities.

Web Development

IGRAPHI utilizes time-proven methodologies that allow to work more efficiently and provide website solutions at a more affordable price than our competitors. In fact, our clients agree we’re faster, easier to work with, and a lot more flexible than many of the larger firms.

Marketing

Reaching beyond the expected with persuasive marketing solutions that target the right audience at the right time. Integrated solutions that explain in a compelling way what a product or service does, the value it brings, and why a reader should be interested in learning more.

Connect.

The NSA already takes care of our social media profiles, for everyone else who wants to get connected with us regularly, do not hesitate, we are waiting for you!

About

A creative resource located in Washington, DC. Experienced in branding government campaigns and international events.

Which matters it’s the size of the talent, not the size of the company. As your communications partner, we can help you create unique marketing solutions that get the results you need. You will find our flexibility and personal service to be a tremendous asset in helping you achieve your goals — allowing you more time to spend growing your audience and less time worrying about it.

Vladimir Herrera the creative director at IGRAPHI has over 20 years of experience conceiving and implementing design and technical solutions across traditional, digital, and social media platforms to effectively engage target audiences with clients’ messages and products. His proven problem-solving, analytical, and creative thinking skills are the main asset at IGRAPHI. He manages and motivates interdisciplinary teams to build brands from the ground up. At IGRAPHI a team of experts is ready to bring an unsurpassed amount of expertise and reliability to the table.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you and answer any questions you might have. If you have an immediate project, let’s get started.

Passion leads to design, design leads to performance , performance leads to success!

IGRAPHI – Vladimir Herrera

Blog

How to use Social Media

Online social media tools can be some of the most rewarding and informative resources for anyone—IF you know how to use them. In many ways, the fast-paced evolution of the internet parallels the move toward “big data” in science. In less than a decade, online tools have exploded in popularity and witnessed rapid expansion (Figure […]

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Web and Emerging Technology Resources

In the age of the internet, social media tools offer a powerful way for scientists to boost their professional profile and act as a public voice for science. Although the type of online conversations and shared content can vary widely, scientists are increasingly using social media as a way to share journal articles, advertise their […]

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Case study

Sean specialty is creating custom type logos and on this post we will take an inside look of his process and how everything gets done. Enjoy Fabule is startup focused on providing open-source home accessories to curious and creative individuals. While the customizable nature of their products caters to the DIY community, they especially wanted to […]

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Branding

The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines a brand as a “name, term, sign, symbol or design, or a combination of them intended to identify the goods and services of one seller or group of sellers and to differentiate them from those of other sellers. Therefore it makes sense to understand that branding is not about […]

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Encoded Images

As designers, adding background image via CSS is definetely a no-brainer to you. Traditionally, or typically, here’s how we do it – using background-image property and link directly to the image source file. view plaincopy to clipboardprint? div {       background-image: url(img/image.png);   }   However, each image url that we add in that way will cause the browsers to run more requests. […]

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Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs

“Development is being disrupted,” says Raj Kumar, President of DevEx,  a site devoted to helping the international development community deliver foreign aid more efficiently and effectively. Beyond the buzz generated by the “social entrepreneurship” and “impact investing” communities, I’ve seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past two years. In 2010, USAID, […]

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Tools for making nice looking websites

Not every website needs to be updated, and not with every technique available in this post. These ideas are here to get developers thinking in terms of design and how to make websites look prettier… 1. UX Testing I am guilty of not always running tests on my website launches, but whenever possible this is […]

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The Magic of Fonts

  Idlewild An industrious sans serif that evokes space-age optimism, Idlewild is spare and tranquil, speaking in hushed but captivating tones.   Ideal Sans A handmade typeface for a machine-made age. Ideal Sans avoids the easy pursuit of digital perfection, and favors organic forms that make it warm and inviting.

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Photos in Facebook

Facebook's user interface is not what you’d call a designer’s dream. Flying in the face of the trend towards customization, it has remained perversely and stubbornly enamored of its simple, lowest-common-denominator aesthetic. The layout is frustratingly rigid and idiosyncratic, and users are given very little control over the look and feel of their profiles or […]

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CSS3 10 Uses…

We have seen a tremendous number of advancements in CSS3 web development over just the past few years. Popular websites all around the Internet have begun incorporating many unique styles such as rounded corners and mobile-responsive media queries. But even more importantly this has opened the door for creative interfaces to be prototyped in a […]

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Experienced Professionals at your Service

Creative Direction + Marketing + Brand + Web Development

Team

The Global Support brings unsurpassed creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Vladimir Herrera

Vladimir Herrera

Creative Director / CEO
DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd

Graphic Design / Web Design
Elance

Elance

Programming / Web Development / Design
Envato

Envato

4.5 Million Digital Products
Vladimir Herrera

Vladimir Herrera

Creative Director / CEO
DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd

Graphic Design / Web Design
Elance

Elance

Programming / Web Development / Design
Envato

Envato

4.5 Million Digital Products

Some Facts

Each completed project makes us even more hungry, hungry for more designs, more code and at least some more cofee. As a result we deliver a better web experience.

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 Clients Worked With

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 Completed Projects

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 Winning Awards

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